I have married the man of my dreams which would not have been possible if I hadn't worked to change my beliefs about myself.Today, my mission is to help survivors of domestic violence reclaim their power, forgive themselves, repair their brokenness, heal their soul, and discover their magic.* 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend/girlfriend * Across studies, 15-40% of youth report perpetrating some form of violence towards a dating partner * Perpetrating dating violence in adolescence increases the risk of perpetrating violence toward a partner in adulthood * Exposure to dating violence significantly affects a range of mental and physical health problems If you are in an abusive situation, please seek help.tl;dr: So sorry you can’t access Do Something at the moment!Although I had been stripped of all remnants of self-worth, I found an ounce of esteem that told me I deserved better.Physical abuse is dangerous but psychological abuse is deeply-rooted.
I ended up in the hospital a few times and was put in counseling but I never spoke about the abuse. Nobody knew about the many deliberate close call, head-on collisions while he was threatening to "kill us both." Finally, after almost eight years of abuse, I knew I had to leave. I knew that if I continued on this path, I might never see the light through the darkness. I knew if I didn't leave I could fall back into the cycle.
Youth from low-income backgrounds, those from marginalized racial and ethnic groups, and LGBTQ students are at the greatest risk of experiencing such harm. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that adolescents who experienced teen dating violence were more likely than those who didn’t to report being bullied on school grounds and missing school due to feeling unsafe.
Victims of dating abuse are also more likely to experience depression and anxiety, and to consider suicide, than their non-abused peers.
For all of those times he said I was ugly and worthless, I have made it my mission.
For all of those times he called me a tramp and a whore, I have made it my mission.